8 August 2016

Final Reminder: Sales Invoicing Arrangements for Financial Year End 31 July 2016

To facilitate the year end process please note that sales invoices relating to the 2015-16 year (i.e. period up to 31 July 2016), should be clearly marked as relating to 2015-16.

Sales invoices should be received by Friday 12 August 2016 to ensure inclusion in the 2015-16 annual accounts (send to OSR section of Finance).

If you have any queries, please contact Accounting Services on 028 9097 1467 or 3033.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

Head of Research Policy (Maternity Cover)
Research and Enterprise
Ref: 16/104816
Closing date: Wednesday 17 August 2016
Anticipated interview date: Thursday 25 August 2016

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

Summer Scheme 2016News stories appearing on the Staff Gateway site this week include:

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Win Family Passes to Belfast Mela at Botanic Gardens

To celebrate ten years of Belfast Mela at Botanic Gardens, the Equality and Diversity Unit at Queen’s is giving away TWO sets of FAMILY PASSES* (value £15 each) for the event, which will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2016.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply:

  • Follow AND send a tweet to @QUBEqualDiverse with the hashtag #melaticketcomp saying why you’d like to win the tickets; or
  • Send an email to with #melaticketcomp in the EMAIL SUBJECT LINE saying why you’d like to win the tickets (please provide your name and contact telephone number on the email).

Closing date for responses is Friday 19 August 2016 at 1.00pm. Winners will be contacted later that afternoon having been chosen randomly from both Twitter and email entries.

Tickets have been kindly provided for the competition by ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland’s leading ethnic arts organisation.

*Family passes cover entry for two Adults and two Children (under 16).

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Queen's Students at Olympic Games

Rio OlympicsThree Queen's students will be competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio over the coming weeks.

Second year finance student Michael Robson is part of Team Ireland Men's Hockey Team, while Computing and Information Technology graduate David Leavy (Team GB) and accountancy student Cormac Birt (Team Ireland) will compete in the Men's Cerebral Palsy Football.

Find out more.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

 The latest posts from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog are:

If you are interested in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at  

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Global Challenge Networking Invitation: Living and Working in a Digital Age – Workshop 2

Following a successful pilot event in April, the second Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop on Living and Working in a Digital Age will take place on Monday 19 September 2016 in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. A networking lunch will be held from 1.30pm with the workshop running from 2.00pm - 5.00pm. 

The workshop, which will be chaired by Professor James McElnay, is open to those who attended the first event as well as any other researcher who is interested in exploring the possibilities for collaborative work under this topic.

To register for the workshop or for further information about the Global Challenge Networking Programme, please contact the Research Policy Office at or 028 9097 2552/2594.

A series of workshops as part of the Global Challenge Networking Programme will run throughout the forthcoming academic year.  The 2016-17 Programme will include two other topics, which will be aligned with Research Council funding priorities.  Further information about future topics and events will be circulated shortly. 

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Centre for Experimental Medicine Newsletter

The first edition of the Centre for Experimental Medicine Newsletter is now available online here.

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CCRCB Bulletin

The August 2016 edition of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology Bulletin is available online here

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Affective Apocalypses and Millennial Wellbeing workshop

A two-day workshop on Affective Apocalypses and Millennial Wellbeing will take place on Thursday 18 - Friday 19 August 2016 in 0G/074 Lanyon Building.

This free workshop will explore the affective power of religious and secular apocalyptic thought as related to the contested notion of ‘wellbeing’. How have human emotions – hope, resentment, anxiety, fear, pride, disillusionment – contributed to or undermined societal wellbeing within apocalyptic communities? What kinds of affective qualities do moral resentment and apocalyptic hope produce, and how do they relate to a person’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing?

View the preliminary programme here.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport Staff MembershipLaunch of Queen’s Summer Scheme 20th Anniversary Celebrations‌‌
Queen’s Sport is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its popular summer scheme with a themed week of sport, activity and fun challenges for all children this week.

Further information is available on the Staff Gateway.

For further information on the programme and activities, please click here.

Staff Membership
Treat yourself to a Queen’s Sport Staff membership this Autumn from £17 per month. There are a range of options available so whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym, there is something for everyone. Remember memberships can be paid via salary deduction which means NO admin fees.

For more information on memberships, click here. To book a tour, email

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 08082016New scents by Brooke and Shoals are now in stock in the Welcome Centre, including 'Elderflower, Rhubarb and Rose' and 'Sandalwood, Vanilla and salted Caramel'. Call in to the Welcome Centre to see the full range of fragrances in candles, travel candles and diffusers. 

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Continuing Professional Development
The Centre for Educational Development is currently in the process of scheduling the courses for the academic year 2016-2017.  Further details will be available soon.  For up-to-date information, please follow CED on twitter @QUB_CED

Courses delivered in individual Schools
As well as the courses in its open programme, CED is also able to offer training on areas of educational development to schools, provided that there are sufficient numbers.  If you wish to discuss this option, please contact Karen Butler, course secretary, on, 028 9097 1447.

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IT Training Courses

IT Training courses will recommence at the start of the new semester.  Access training materials here (QOL login).  

Want an IT qualification? Why not register for ECDL. Click here for more information.

ECDL test sessions will start again next term (dates to be confirmed).

Tip of the day:  Access course materials, including a number of videos here. Log in with ads\ in front of your student/staff number and use your normal password.

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